Type of Memorial


In Memoriam

Gmelch, Paula Cowgill


Lagomarcino Courtyard

Plaque Text

"Paula Cowgill Gmelch Memorial Garden. Established in 2007, the memorial garden in the Lagomarcino Courtyard was planted in memory of Paula Cowgill Gmelch. The wife of Walter H. Gmelch, who served as dean of the College of Education at Iowa State University from 1998 until 2004. Paula was a friend of countless students, alumni and colleagues. She served as a professional coordinator in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences. Paula helped develop community in both colleges, which joined together to become the College of Human Sciences in 2005. A favorite haven of many Iowa Staters, the garden is adjacent to the 'Enlightenment' mural and the Courtyard Cafe. Both the mural and the cafe were made possible in part by Paula's advocacy."


The memorial plaque is located on the eastern wall inside the Courtyard Cafe.